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Jared Polis puts on a mask. File photo. Photo Credit: The Associated Press.

The official list of counties moving to 'level red' COVID-19 restrictions has been released following a Tuesday press conference during which Governor Jared Polis announced 10 to 15 counties would be making the jump to this more intensified level.

The following fifteen counties are set to move to 'level red' restrictions on Friday, November 20:

  1. Adams
  2. Arapahoe
  3. Boulder
  4. Broomfield
  5. Clear Creek
  6. Denver
  7. Douglas
  8. Jefferson
  9. La Plata
  10. Logan
  11. Mesa
  12. Morgan
  13. Routt
  14. Summit
  15. Washington

According to the state, 'level red' indicates severe risk and is reserved for counties with high levels of transmission, hospitalizations, and positivity rates related to COVID-19. Under this level of restrictions, most indoor activities are prohibited or strictly limited.

Among major changes with the shift to 'level red' includes a drop to 10 percent capacity at gyms and fitness centers, an 8 PM last call for alcohol, and the closure of indoor dining. 

The state has now added a new 'level purple' to the COVID-19 dial system. This is a level of more extreme risk than 'level red', reserved for counties where hospital capacity is at extreme risk of being overloaded. This is now when policies similar to the previous 'stay-at-home' order would be put in place.

The following six counties will make the jump to 'level orange': 

  1. Costilla
  2. Custer
  3. Lake
  4. Montezuma
  5. Pitkin
  6. San Juan

Two counties will make the jump to 'level yellow':

  1. Las Animas
  2. Gunnison

See a full breakdown of the different requirements for each level of response here.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside


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